PORTLAND, MAINE
RESTAURANT REVIEWS

19
Dec

Dogfish Bar and Grille

I looked good. Though my wallet was $20 lighter, the glances I was garnering from both sexes as I walked down the street was proof positive that this haircut was money well spent. As I headed towards the Dogfish Bar and Grille (the most recent choice for Page One’s Friday Lunch), I had the distinct impression that I was emitting one-third James Dean cool, one-third James Brown funk and 33.3% Elvis Presley swagger. In short, I looked good.

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I tried to imagine the collective gasps from my peers as I entered the dimly-lit bar and they laid eyes on me for the first time. How would they react? Read More »

12
Dec

Pom’s Thai Taste Restaurant & Noodle House

We’ve all experienced a time in our lives where we haven’t seen eye to eye when trying to agree on a place to eat with a large group. Friday December 12th, 2014 was one of those days for the Page One family. For those of us who craved something hot, spicy and exotic, the only solution was to trust our empty little tummies and stand up for the place we knew we could warm our hearts and souls on that chilly winter afternoon; that place was Pom’s Thai Taste.

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Eating is a very personal experience, which is why it’s always so hard to agree on a place to eat. Everyone has their favorites, their allergies, preferences, and dislikes. I personally have always been a big fan of thai cuisine and an even bigger fan of Pom’s sister restaurant, Orchid Thai Restaurant & Bar in Falmouth, ME. This, however, was my first Pom’s Thai Taste experience. Read More »

12
Dec

Fishermen’s Grill

Take out places that specialize in fried seafood and are situated in tiny buildings are a hallmark of coastal living in Maine. Typically they have “shack” in the name and are situated in a Nor’easter danger zone.

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The Fishermen’s Grill is a tiny building nestled behind the fishmarket, Fishermen’s Net on Forest Avenue, famous for its specials painted on plywood and strapped to a hearse parked across the street in front of Baxter Woods.Read More »

21
Nov

Empire Chinese Kitchen

November was in full swing, the days had become shorter, the nights colder and the Page One bellies had grown restless. The vote had come down, Empire, Portland’s finest Dim-Sum style restaurant would have to put up with eighteen extremely hungry workers. With coats adorned and our laces tied, we were off to 575 Congress St. Portland, ME. The aroma of dim-sum was in the air, our hungry group was ready for cocktails and sustenance.

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14
Nov

Dutch’s

With the plethora of tastetastic culinary offerings scattered all over Portland and new restaurants popping up almost weekly, it should come to no surprise that we take our Friday lunch game pretty seriously here at Page One; and this week was no exception. Feeling adventurous and with the weekend itch upon us, we threw caution to the wind and ordered takeout from a brandy new joint right off of Congress known as Dutch’s.

The author with her mouth full.

The author with her mouth full.

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24
Oct

Walter’s

There is nowhere better to eat in New England than Portland, Maine. Our fair city has steadily been gaining a well-deserved reputation, and with good reason. Nowhere in the region will you find a more concentrated group of highly talented chefs creating damn good food with kick-ass ingredients. Sorry, Boston, this is one area you can’t touch. Want to know why? One word: accessibility. You can go almost anywhere and feel good about being yourself. The places with a dress code aren’t worth going to. We keep it real, just like Walter’s.

Portrait of the author.

Portrait of the author.


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